The 2003 ‘Regime Change’ season at Shakespeare’s Globe saw the theatre belatedly extend its original practices experiments – which had included a number of productions with all-male casts – to a single-sex, women-led company, performing Richard III and The Taming of the Shrew in repertory. Phyllida Lloyd joined the project late in the day after Barry Kyle left the production, and the result (as seen on the archive video at Shakespeare’s Globe) is a joyful, comic, and playfully satirical take on the play that celebrates the bodies and improvisatory skill of the company’s women.Vintage Rock Gothic Shoulder Waist Leg Thigh Holster Bags PU Leather Fanny Bag Multi-Purpose Tactical Drop Leg Arm Steampunk Retro Motorcycle Lady Bag BlackKanf saysfg Pineapple Flamingo Fashion Running Sneakers for Women Lightweight Breathabl Balls shoes.Litllin Green shoes Comfort shoes Leather Loafers Women Black Flats Harajuku shoes Flat shoes Women 2036Qiucdzi Shower Sandal for Men and Women Summer Non-Slip House shoes Unisex for Bathroom Slippers.
For Lloyd’s company, men are a species unto themselves. Even rival suitors Hortensio (Yolanda Vazquez) and Gremio (Penelope Dimind) slap one another’s backs and share mutually reinforcing shouts and grunts. Petruchio, when he emerges in the imposing six-foot form of Janet McTeer, ADIDII Womens Printed Non-Slip Slippers Slide flip Flop Sandals labron_Make_L.A_Great Again Summer StylishYTAIK 2018 New Rattan Bucket Handbag Lady Beach Shoulder Tote Travel Clutch Bohemian Straw Bags Women Summer Wicker Basket Bagis the most alpha of the males, embodying a slightly swaggering but entirely self-possessed confidence that brooks no argument.
This commedia-inflected production plays the Shrew fairly straight, for laughs, and without the induction that might give it an ironic frame. Instead, any critique and irony comes from within the performances themselves, as the company allow the play to be a comedy but allow that comedy to push to uncomfortable places. Kathryn Hunter’s Katherina is a spoiled woman-child, stamping her feet and shouting wordlessly when she doesn’t get her way,AllhqFashion Women's Pull-On Patent Leather Closed-Toe Kitten-Heels Pumps-shoesHanglin Trade Womens Slip on Loafer Casual Low Flats Square Toe shoes and in the early scenes Petruchio brilliantly turns this against her when informing the other men that they have agreed she will do this – when she stamps, the men clap and cheer her; when she shouts, they turn it into a huzzah, depriving her of her best weapons. Her abuse of her sister Bianca (Laura Rogers) is thorough and quite violent, but this comes from justifiable resentment at the clear favouritism of her father Baptista (Anna Healy). Katherina has undeniable problems, but watching her passed over by her father and gaslit by her wooer is still hard to watch.
During the second half, at Petruchio’s house, the strategies are very clear and centred around food. In a clever move, Lloyd brings onstage Petruchio’s spaniel Troilus, an actor in a dog costume, who takes an immediate dislike to Katherina; Katherina tries to flee from the dog, Msanlixian Summer Women Bohemia Sandals Women Flats shoes Fashion Beach Gladiator Sandals Women Footwear Ladies Casual shoes New BT565 pink Red 7.5100FIXEO Women Formal Platform Comfy Chunky High Heels Ankle Boots shoesthen beats it with a broom, leaving it whimpering away to get the sympathy of the servants. Later, Katherina sneaks up to the dog while it and Grumio sleep to steal its boneMobnau Women's Knitted Beach Summer Sandles Flat Sandals,AIYOUMEI Women's Pointed Toe Stilettos Thin Heel Bootie Autumn Winter Ankle Boots with ZipperRizaBina Women Casual Block High Heel Pumps shoes with Ankle Strap her hunger absolutely desperate by this point. Later, as a reward, Petruchio gives Katherina some food, but then embraces her and coddles her while Hortensio finishes it off. And increasingly it becomes obvious that Petruchio is treating Katherina exactly like his dog, right down to the whistles and shouts of ‘Here’. Fancyww Women's Ankle High Rain Boot
The comedy of the production is sincere, then, but leads to uncomfortable positions. Hunter’s virtuoso physical skills allow her to be tumbled upside down when she fights against Petruchio, and to be carried around the stage in all kinds of undignified postures;Women Pink Fashion Glitter Slip-On Loafer DolphinGirl shoes Vacation Platform Loafer Shiny Bling Comfy CY00452Static Footwear Forever Adward Sparkle Rhinestone T-Strap Ankle Cuff Low Wedge Dress Thong Sandal shoes yet the audience’s laughter seems to doubly imply both recognition of her skill and enjoyment of her subjugation. The applause of the audience in the archive video after Katherina comes to Petruchio at his command seems sincere, as it the audience are approving the taming. It’s a microcosm of a production in which men are consistently awful throughout, but always mutually congratulatory.
The standout sequence, though, is Katherina’s final speech. At Petruchio’s command,BeautyOriginal Women Ankle Heel Boots for Winter Party Wedding Leather Low-Heel Round Toe she gives a speech of a few lines, and gets applause and approval from her husband. But then she goes for another few lines, and another, and another. An increasingly anxious Petruchio tries to get her to be quiet, but she begins exaggerating the speech more and more, getting up on the banquet table and flashing her legs, and finally lying down in a mockery of Petruchio,Circus by Sam Edelman Womens Delaney Fashion SandalsOpr7 Camo Air Force Aircraft Running shoes Lightweight Mens Sneaker Workout Shock Absorbing before flouncing offstage.Bella Marie Gemma-20 Women Mule Oxford Slide Slip On Flat Loafer shoes Slipper Sequin Sparkle Hologram We see a glimpse of them having a fight in Italian, suggesting that Katherina is far from ‘tamed’, and indeed will continue to assert herself against Petruchio indefinitely, even as she learns to play the game of this patriarchal world. It’s a quiet reclamation of the play, but a potent one.